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Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Niño tangles with his baby sisters in boisterous sequel.

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In this bold, bright, and boisterous picture book sequel, a young boy who imagines he's a lucha libre wrestler is joined by his two baby sisters who are rudas, wrestlers who don't play by the rules. Rudas: Niñas Horrendous Hermanitas works as a sweet, funny sibling book, as well as an action-heavy superhero-type book complete with villains and speech balloons. It's loaded with humor and bursting with punchy comic book words like "ARGGGWWGGG!" The dirty moves employed by the rudas include "The Poopy Bomb Blowout," and leaving a dirty diaper behind. "¡Santa pañales!" cries Niño -- translated as "Holy diapers!" There's lots of Spanish scattered through the text, so the book's ideal for bilingual kids. And it works beautifully as an introduction to Spanish language and Mexican culture.

Morales paints the wild baby rudas with such appealing faces that we can't help being charmed, as is Niño himself, and the last spread of the siblings cuddled up and reading is very sweet indeed.

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